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Imperia

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Situated at the opening of the valley of Impero torrent and at the centre of the Riviera dei Fiori (Flower Riviera), it is formed by two centres: ONEGLIA to the East, resting in the valley at the mouth of the torrent and PORTO MAURIZIO, clustered on a promontory. Despite the two centres are practically united, history has often seen them as enemies, just as when Porto Maurizio, under the domain of the Genoa Republic, fought against Oneglia surrendered by the Dorias to the Savoias during the XVI century. Well-established as a tourist-seaside resort, yet also as an important industrial and commercial centre in the oil and pasta sectors, it is the main town of a province measuring 1155 sq. Km. almost entirely included in the strip of the Maritime Alps that from Mount Saccarello run towards the sea, between Capo Mortola to the West near the French border and Capo Cervo to the East. The territory located behind the city has an orographic tendency characterised by valleys situated perpendicular to the coast and uniformly sloping downwards, in which many settlements were developed and that have entirely or almost entirely preserved their original structure. Olives cultivated on terraced hills with the characteristic dry stone walls are still a dominating element of the landscape. So, olive cultivation, introduced by the Benedictine monks around the XII century, has deeply influenced the history of the Imperia area. Many centuries later, the same occurred as regards flowers and tourism. Tourism that today we would define as élite for the many personalities belonging to the cultural, artistic, noble jet set that chose the Riviera enticed by a book that, even though it was a novel, was considered to be the very first tourist guide that let Europe know about this corner of the Ligurian region: "Il dottor Antonio" (Dr. Antonio) by Giovanni Ruffini. The guides say that it is a city to "stroll around", passing from the high part of Porto Maurizio, the aristocratic Paraxio, to the sea, at Borgo Foce and Borgo Marina, this latter is the ancient shelter for crusaders, cavaliers and travellers. Right up to the blind alley in Oneglia, there is who compares this to the Genoan “Shoreside” alleys. "Trapped" between land and sea, with one foot on land and the other in the water and salt: this seems to be the destiny of the Ligurians.

 

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